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Triathletes swam, ran and cycled at Sunny Hunny to raise funds Hunstanton RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Triathletes swam, ran and cycled to raise funds for the charity that saves lives at sea.

RNLI/Chris Bishop

Debbie James, sponsorship manager from the King's Lynn Triathlon Club (fourth from right) presents a cheque for £750 to Hunstanton RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Rigil Kent, with club members and lifeboat volunteers at Hunstanton RNLI
Members of the King's Lynn Triathlon Club from across west Norfolk took part in the Sunny Hunny Triathlon, on 21 May.

Some 120 competitors swam 200m, jumped on their bikes for an 18km ride and finished off with a 3.5km run at Hunstanton.

On Sunday, members of the 60-strong club donated £750 to the town's RNLI station.

The money came from the proceeds of the event and donations from those taking part.

Chris Playford, who organised the triathlon, said: 'It's local, it's a good cause and it really fits for us.

'We swim, we run, we ride and we use the beaches, so it aligns really well. You never know when you might need help.'

Hunstanton Lifeboat Operations Manager Rigil Kent said: 'It's donations that make the lifesaving work of the RNLI possible.

'We couldn't do what we do without donations like this so we thank the triathlon club for thinking of us.'

Notes for editor

Hunstanton is one of the busiest RNLI stations in Norfolk.

It's volunteer crew have so far launched 25 times during 2023, to shouts ranging from people cut off by the tide to kite surfers, jet skiers and fishermen in danger or in difficulty.

The station is one of just four around the UK coastline which operates a hovercraft, Hunstanton Flyer, alongside its Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Spirit of West Norfolk.

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For more information call Chris Bishop, Hunstanton RNLI volunteer Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer on 07584 147219 or Clare Hopps, Regional Media Officer on 07824 518641.

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